Zoey’s starting to learn and identify letters which is a welcome change from her animal obsession. There are only so many times a day we can read the same farm book over and over. As of now, she can identify the letters that spell out her name and thats about it. BUT she thinks she knows all of them and tries to fool me. Anytime she sees signs, books, or a computer keyboard, she will point to the letters and pretend to read them. Whenever she sees a letter she doesn’t know, she will point and proudly make up names for them like “MPH!” with a pleased look on her face. It’s pretty funny listening to her made up letters, she blurts them out with such convincing gusto. She’s been having fun trying to learn so I decided to make her some alphabet blocks to play with.
Since I had plenty of leftover chalkboard paint from previous projects (this is the paint I use), I thought it’d be fun to paint them in chalkboard paint and use chalk markers to write the letters. I can use a damp cloth to erase the letters later if I wanted to change them up and write numbers, the chinese alphabet or even have Zoey write on them when she is older. I think it’d be cute for her to write out the alphabet in her own handwriting (much) later down the line.
Here are the materials that I used: wood cubes, chalkboard paint, chalk markers (or regular chalk) and a paint brush:
I originally was looking at etsy.com for unfinished wooden blocks that I could paint, but then I found these wooden cubes at the Japanese dollar store Daiso. I could get a dozen of these 1.2″ cubes for $1.5o and I needed three dozen to have enough for the full alphabet for a total of $4.50. This was much cheaper than any other option I found online.
This project is one of this mind numbing ones that was done while watching a couple hours of reality television. Which probably made my mind even number.
We keep these in a plastic bin and Zoey loves to pull them out and point out the “O” and “Y”, her two favorite letters. She also loves to stack and build really tall towers with them!
Thanks for reading!